Nissan introduced the truck-based Pathfinder to North America in 1985. The Japanese automaker conceived the rugged SUV as a direct response to the popularity of rivals like the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Blazer and Toyota 4Runner.
That first-generation Pathfinder introduced a styling cue still seen on the Xterra and Armada: rear door handles integrated into C-pillar trim.
Now in its fourth generation, and using car-like unibody construction, the current Pathfinder is more crossover than SUV. It does, however, offer more interior features and on-road comfort than any previous Nissan Pathfinder.